Former SOU wideout Suell gets pair of NFL tryouts
Ever since he caught his final pass as a member of the Southern Oregon University football team, Jordan Suell has been looking for one thing and one thing only.
An opportunity at the next level.
It’s what took him to Las Vegas to participate in The Spring League this past fall. And it’s something that has now seen him fly east to continue to pursue his professional football aspirations.
In less than two weeks, the 6-foot-5 Suell has had tryouts with both the Indianapolis Colts and the New England Patriots, the latter coming this past Monday at the team’s facility in Foxborough, Massachusetts.
“I thought I did pretty well,” Suell said in regard to the pair of workouts. “The Colts one, I thought I did a little bit better because there were more guys there. The Patriots one, it was just me there and I did more with the Patriots. With the Colts I just did routes, but the Patriots had me doing a bunch of different agility drills like the 40-yard dash, 20-yard shuttle and little bit more stuff there.”
Suell said both tryouts came about in relatively quick order.
“The Patriots saw that I worked out for the Colts and that got them interested a little more,” he said.
With the new NFL year starting March 17, Suell is prepared to wait out a call from either the Colts or the Patriots.
But he also admitted that there could be more tryouts on the horizon.
“It was pretty quiet up until recently,” Suell said. “So far it’s just been the Colts and the Patriots, but I’ve heard others are interested so I’m just waiting to hear from them. ... It’s just about staying in shape and making sure I’m ready for when that time may be.”
Suell last played in a competitive game on Dec. 15 when The Spring League held its championship game in Florida. In that title game, Suell’s Generals were victorious, 37-14, as he finished with four receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown.
In four games with the Generals, Suell had four touchdown catches.
“It went really well for me and I was able to play with a bunch of guys who have played at the professional level, whether it’s in the CFL or NFL,” Suell said. “So, I thought it was a great chance to prove my skills.”
The Spring League, which had to end its regular season in the middle of its six-week schedule due to COVID-19 issues, describes itself as “an elite professional football development league.”
“Just wherever I go, whether it’s The Spring League or these tryouts, I try to show with my first time on the field that it doesn’t matter if I went to an NAIA school or not, that I can play with these guys,” Suell said. “Pretty much the main thing right now is getting my name out. Playing in The Spring League helped a lot with the four games I was able to play in. I’ve just been looking for any opportunity I can to showcase my skills.”
Suell, a native of Vancouver, Washington, has only been playing wide receiver since his freshman year at SOU in 2015. Primarily a quarterback and defensive back in high school, Suell had a breakout sophomore season in 2017 before missing the majority of the 2018 campaign due to injury.
In his final season with the Raiders, Suell played in all 11 games and earned first-team all-Frontier Conference honors as he caught 42 passes for 834 yards and 12 touchdowns.
For his career, Suell ranks fourth in SOU history in touchdowns with 27. His 2019 total of 12 TDs is the fifth-highest single-season total in school history.
Thanks to a strong finish to his collegiate career, Suell also became the 10th receiver in SOU history to surpass the 2,000-yard mark.
“I think (SOU) did a pretty good job getting me prepared (for the next level),” said Suell, who averaged a career-high 19.9 yards per catch as a senior. “I didn’t play receiver until I got to SOU, so my first year was a tough transition, but ever since then I was on the field most of the time. It was just a whole different learning experience that SOU helped me with.”
Coming out of his performance in The Spring League, Suell was confident that his game film would speak for itself.
And with a pair of tryouts with NFL teams already to his credit, one could surmise that his stock is higher post-Spring League than before it got started.
Either way, he’s staying as ready as he can even though he doesn’t know when the next chance to make a name for himself may come along.
“Oh, yeah. I’m ready,” Suell said with a laugh. “Right now, it’s just wait and see. I believe both workouts went pretty well for me, so it’s pretty much just waiting.”
Reach Danny Penza at 541-776-4469 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @penzatopaper.